NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving waited all season for a probability to participate in in front of his dwelling followers, and this certain was not the way he envisioned it heading.
“Not the outcome we wished, I didn’t shoot as well as I preferred,” Irving explained. “Basically none of the points I experienced hoped for heading nicely tonight just did not happen, and that is just the circulation of basketball.”
It went a lot superior for the other point guard.
LaMelo Ball had 33 points, nine helps and seven rebounds and the Charlotte Hornets spoiled Irving’s very first property activity of the year by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-110 on Sunday night.
Irving misfired for 3 1/2 quarters, eventually warmed up to give the Nets the direct, and then the Hornets regained manage with clutch 3-position capturing to give them a victory that tied them with Brooklyn for eighth area in the Jap Conference.
Irving completed with 16 factors and tied his time substantial with 11 helps but shot 6 for 22 from the subject. He hadn’t been equipped to engage in at dwelling this season right up until Mayor Eric Adams very last 7 days exempted athletes and performers from the New York City’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.
“It was terrific to see him out there, great to see the admirers psyched for him,” Kevin Durant mentioned. “Unfortunately we took the ‘L’ though, but we transfer forward recognizing that we have him right here and establish on what we have and consider to get a acquire next game.”
Miles Bridges scored 24 details and PJ Washington experienced 18 details and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who won for the seventh time in eight online games. They defeat the Nets for the next time in 3 meetings this period, clinching a prospective head-to-head tiebreaker.
Durant experienced 27 points, eight rebounds and 7 helps, enjoying the whole next 50 percent on the next evening of a back-to-back again. He shot just 9 for 24. Andre Drummond had 20 factors and 16 rebounds.
Irving missed 15 of his first 17 pictures, but then built two layups and a quick jumper to tie it at 104-104 with 4:05 remaining. His two no cost throws gave the Nets a 1-position guide with 3:37 to go, but then the Hornets blew by them with four 3-pointers.
Cody Martin built two of them, with Terry Rozier introducing 1 prior to Bridges closed it out for the closing margin.
“Those previous 3s in the close were really clutch I experience like,” Ball explained, “so it was a fantastic video game.”
Ball scored 18 details in the 3rd quarter, going 5 of 6 from 3-level selection. He finished 7 of 12 driving the arc.
Irving played his initially home sport considering that Recreation 2 of the Japanese Conference semifinals in opposition to Milwaukee. It was a pivotal time for the Nets to get Irving back, with Sunday commencing a extend of 8 video games to complete the typical time and only a person of them outside the house New York, with 6 at dwelling and just one at Madison Sq. Garden.
Irving obtained a loud ovation from the crowd of 18,166, the biggest at any time for a Nets recreation at Barclays Heart, immediately after resuming his location as the previous Nets player introduced in the course of the starting off lineups. But he couldn’t do anything to get a further a single early in the video game, lacking all 4 pictures in the initially quarter.
He went to the line early in the next quarter and skipped his initially absolutely free toss. Lovers then commenced applauding as if attempting to give him a raise and he responded by knocking down the second shot for his 1st position.
Irving then received a 3-pointer in changeover to bounce in for a 10-level direct and his to start with area target, and the Nets led by 14 before Charlotte trimmed it to 60-56 at halftime.
Ball then arrived out and strike three 3-pointers in the initially three minutes, starting off Charlotte off on its 37-point third quarter.
“We know we’re a fantastic third-quarter group and we came out and set the tone,” Hornets mentor James Borrego mentioned.
Ball’s last 3 of the period of time gave the Hornets a 90-79 lead, but Brooklyn trimmed it to 93-89 by the conclude of the period of time.
Hornets: Charlotte was making its initial of two visits to New York in four days. The Hornets take a look at the Knicks on Wednesday. … Rozier scored 14 points. … Charlotte has gained 4 straight highway games.
Nets: F/C LaMarcus Aldridge was offered to play immediately after lacking nine games with a proper hip damage but didn’t get in the recreation. … Seth Curry, battling a sore ankle, scored 12 points.
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Hornets: Host Denver on Monday night.
Nets: Host Detroit on Tuesday night time.